Plekanec, Halpern day to day

The Habs had a look at a new defenceman for Thursday’s game. Name is Carey Price. Helmet looks a little weird, but he’s got a heck of a shot. Spies shot this from seventh-floor press gallery with a video camera, taken at great personal risk. An anonymous fellow spy from La Presse whom we’ll identify only as “Marc-Antoine Godin” reports that Price, er, borrowed P.K. Subban’s gloves and Benoit Pouliot’s stick for the tryout. Another photo below.

Canadiens coach Jacques Martin reports that forwards Tomas Plekanec and Jeff Halpern, who missed the third period of Tuesday’s game vs. Washington with lower-body injuries, are considered day to day and might be available to play Thursday at home vs. Tampa Bay. Neither injury is deemed long-term.

The aching Habs took their second team photo of the season on Bell Centre ice at 10:30 am, the post-trade deadline version that is considered the official 2010-11 club portrait. As he usually is for practice, Plekanec was first on the ice for the photo.

Not on hand, but to be Photoshopped into the final image, were Max Pacioretty, Andrei Markov and Josh Gorges, all injured and unavailable to pose, and Hal Gill, who stayed home ill. Jaroslav Spacek, rehabbing from arthroscopic knee surgery, wore his jersey with shorts, knee socks and sneakers.

Only four Canadiens practised following the 10-minute photo session: Alex Auld, Alexandre Picard, Mathieu Darche and Brent Sopel. The rest of the team worked out off ice.


Carey Price lets fly after the Canadiens’ four-man practice Wednesday.


  1. Bill J says:

    Yeah and instead of our slogan being “The Drive for 25”

    It would be “The drive for 25 straight Cups” or “The drive for 55” lmao

  2. ZepFan2 says:

    Le sigh.

    It was a little more complicated than you make it out to be.

    “In 1936 the Montreal Canadiens nearly folded. The Depression had already claimed several franchises including the Ottawa Senators. What the NHL’s brain trust decided to do was they would attempt to help Montreal’s attendance and thereby hopefully their bottom line financially. So they decided that the Montreal Canadiens could take any two players from the province of Quebec in a special draft. There was one rider however. None of these players could have already been previously signed to a C form (confirmation form) with any other club. At this time in the NHL and right through the late 60’s amateur players were signed by NHL teams to C forms and then placed on their appropriate junior clubs or minor pro clubs depending on their age. The most extreme case of this was Bobby Orr. Orr signed a C form three weeks before his 12th birthday with the Boston Bruins. He was so young his parents signature was required. When he turned 14 he began playing for Boston’s junior sponsored team, the Oshawa Generals. That’s how Orr became a Bruin. From 1936-1943 Montreal protected 14 players through this special draft. Unfortunately none of them ever played a minute in the NHL. Reason being, anybody who could tie their skates and chew gum at the same time were already long signed by other NHL teams including the Canadiens who certainly wern’t going to survive solely with this rule. The hope was that there would be a spark from signing a French Canadian kid, even better if he could play a bit. The thought was that this could help attendance and thereby help Montreal. It never did.”

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  3. ed lopaz says:

    its just ridiculous already.


    I agree with you – its unbelievable – but its probably true.

    Habs hockey is “smart” hockey – we play 5 man defence, not just 2 – we move up the ice as a 5 man unit, we back check with 5.

  4. Chuck says:

    I’m guessing that if Chara has suspended for his railroading of Pacioretty that Marchand thinks twice before throwing that elbow.

  5. The Cat says:

    Im all for that. And you know you dont need the best players to have the best games. Anybody who watched the Montreal-Quebec tv series with garage league players knows that. Some of the players stopped playing at major junior. And those were good games. Fun to watch.

    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  6. Mark C says:

    Not only is that insensitive and ridiculous, it is flat out stupid talk. Concussions are graded based on present symptoms and state of consciousness, not long term symptoms.  

  7. G-Man says:

    Someone else posted this yesterday.

    Apply it to the Marchand- Umberger head shot from behind using the elbow:

  8. Ian Cobb says:

    What is a concussion, as comprehended by myself.

    I have been involved as a lay person with research pertaining to neurology at a major medical university. I have picked up a lot of information working first with veterinarian pathologists when I was doing research on my fox and mink ranch. And I was involved lately with the neurology research dept from a major medical university.

    Pertaining to concussion,
    I will try to explain, the best that I comprehend, what happens to the brain cells that have been concussed inside the skull.

    These very soft cells, when violently thrown against the skull, the neuron releases a potassium chemical out of the brain cell when damaged.

    Calcium that is already present around the outside of the cells, seeps into the cells replacing the potassium. This calcium is what gives the chemical imbalance to the brain.

    Until all of this calcium leaves the brain cells completely, the patient is left vulnerable to instant death upon a second bump, or at least permanent brain damage.

    Even a hard coughing spell  or light exercise can cause severe pain and even destroy these cells. Complete rest is needed.

    These damaged cells have to be cleared completely of this calcium  before one can resume activity to avoid serious consequences including death.

    This is very acute in young people under the age of 24 as the brain is still growing and developing.

    Ian Cobb

  9. ed lopaz says:

    I like the idea of a new league, but Toronto under Burke is at the same level as the Bruins and Flyers.

    It has nothing to do with Canada.

    It has to do with rules of conduct and equipment.

    Toronto would NOT join this Canadian league.

    I doubt Calgary would join either.


    Habs hockey is “smart” hockey – we play 5 man defence, not just 2 – we move up the ice as a 5 man unit, we back check with 5.

  10. Jordio-oh says:

    If this was last year, there would be at least a half dozen fans yelling “oh look at Carey skate around in a warm up suit and goofing around. He should be working hard on his game!!!!!! “



  11. observer says:

    he also bashes them on team 990 has nothing to do with tsn. actually he doesnt knock the habs only boivin, gainey and gauthier

  12. DarthWade says:

    If this wasn’t so sad, it’d be hilarious.

    So Pax faked it, the entire Habs organization faked it, and the entire province of Quebec faked it, just so we can get that big meanie Chara suspended. This is awesome. So Chara is such an amazing player that we all launched this great scheme to suspend him and send Bruins into ruin so we’d win the Cup. Sigh.

    If we do meet them in the first round, I hope to hell we annihilate them just so we can send these yahoos up the wall.

    Some people are stupid, but some are epically stupid.

  13. Rudy says:

    Yup, exactly what I thought when I saw it on Twitter. Amazing how people’s perception changes.

    “Start the season with a clean equipment bag and a freah bucket of febreze!”-CharlieHodgeFan

  14. ed lopaz says:

    I have heard him praising the Habs when he was working for CJAD.

    Habs hockey is “smart” hockey – we play 5 man defence, not just 2 – we move up the ice as a 5 man unit, we back check with 5.

  15. observer says:

    yes, he’s mad at boivin – he said on the radio when boivin got that job boivin knew zilch about hockey and called up mcguire to come in and explain him the way the game is operated. and mcguire did and boivin never spoke to him again.

  16. Bill J says:

    Wow Nordiques fans believe this BS too ?

    Robert L posted this in August, 2009 —

    Read up on the subject a bit K 😉


  17. The Cat says:

    Its only normal, when you get results you get the benefit of the doubt. Would you tell a self made millionaire to stop slacking off?

    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  18. Danno says:

    1,300 games! Say what you will about the Hammer — he’s tougher than nails.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  19. Rudy says:

    Anyone know where I can find the OTR segment that Pat Hickey was on? I can’t watch it through because I am in the States and it’s blocked.

    “Start the season with a clean equipment bag and a freah bucket of febreze!”-CharlieHodgeFan

  20. Timo says:

    Where is the rest of the D?

  21. Wayne says:

    Anyone else catch that tremor? 1:38pm – felt the same as last summer’s.

  22. ZepFan2 says:

    Yeah…I’ll go with the Wolverine on this one!

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  23. Bill J says:

    Funny eh…

    Price did last year when he called out SK74.


  24. observer says:
    c/p cnn –Geest — RUN FOR THE HILLS AMERICA!!! We are no match for their hockey-stick wielding hoardes! Our minds will be turned to jelly by Celine Dion played at top volume and when its all over people here will have to eat sweet ketchup, put vinegar on their fries and drink pop!
  25. wd40 says:

    sure did… creepy!  

  26. TorontoHabsFan says:

    That Marchand elbow to the head should be, a sizeable suspension. The fact that Umberger wasn’t hurt shouldn’t enter into the equation – that was an extremely dangerous and stupid thing to do.

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